Henderson House, a McMinnville family crisis shelter, is the recipient of a rape prevention education grant awarded by the Attorney General?s Sexual Assault Task Force. The one-year grant may be renewed for an additional four years. A portion of the grant will fund the Linfield Consent Awareness Training Squad (CATS), Linfield?s peer health education program, according to Susan Chambers, CATS advisor.
Through CATS, Chambers trains 30 peer health educators in sexual assault prevention and health promotion information during a two-credit class. The students make presentations to incoming freshmen and transfer students during orientation.
The grant will expand the CATS program, enabling Linfield students to give presentations in local high schools as well.
"CATS provides sexual assault education to a huge portion of our community and this grant will enable students to reach even more peers," Chambers said.
The CATS program operates on campus under the supervision of the sexual assault task force, started a decade ago to educate students.
"It was developed by students for students," Chambers said. "Based on the information in the training, student educators decide what?s critical for other students to know and they present the programs.
"I?m inspired by the fact that every year we have more and more men getting involved. It?s critical to have both men and women working together to prevent sexual assault," she said.